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Loretta Johnson

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Loretta Johnson

Loretta Johnson

Name of Host Organization: The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: Kramer Levin

The Project

Represent children in child welfare proceedings where reunification is the goal and build a practice model focusing on collaboration with parents' attorneys to speed up the reunification process.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
New York City has approximately 11,000 children in foster care. National studies have shown that children in foster care are at high risk for academic failure, violence, drug abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, and mental and physical illness. This project will create a practice model to shorten children’s stay in foster care by preventing initial removals and speeding up family reunification rates in order to improve life outcomes for children involved in the system.
The Right Person For This Project
Loretta is the right person for the project because:
• Her personal experiences working with low-income families and foster care children have given her a deeper understanding of the devastating effects of removal on children
• She is committed to child advocacy and has been working with low-income children and families since 2011
• She has developed the tools to be a successful litigator on behalf of her clients as an intern with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice